Saturday, 6 August 2011

City Favourites: Shaun Wright-Phillips

Shauny Wright Wright Wright. A Manchester City..legend? In more than one City fans eyes, certainly. Shaun is an exceptional product of the City Academy, something that is quite hard to come by in the global growth of the Premier League. His first spell at City came back in the Maine Road days, 1999, making his début agaisnt Port Vale as he played a bit part in City's promotion to the top league of English football. Only the blues were to suffer the heartache of relegation the following season, SWP again a squad player.

It was after the change of manager that Wright-Phillips really established himself in City's first team, Kevin Keegan believed he could make a difference in a sky blue shirt, and time only proved him right. Shaun went on to score 26 goals in 153 appearances over 5 brilliant seasons for him, winning games for City virtually on his own. There became an outstanding sense of anticipation when Shaun had the ball at his feet, he had the ability and explosive speed to take a player out of the game with one touch. Head down, and run, from then on its a game of catch him if you can, the opposition probably couldn't, and the fans knew it. Shaun's high points in Manchester include an incredible FA Cup comeback from 3-0 at Spurs and a stunning strike to seal a 4-1 win over rivals United. The outstanding form claimed Shaun City's Young Player of the Year award on 4 consecutive occasions, more than any other player. 

SWP never got going at Chelsea
2005, saw the star man of the moment depart for the Jose Mourinho Chelsea revolution, City received a record £21million for his services. Shaun Wright-Phillips was never a Chelsea player, not from the heart anyway, his move was widely thought to be pressured by foster father Ian Wright and he failed to settle at Stamford Bridge. He scored just 4 goals in his 3 seasons at Chelsea was never part of the first choice 11.

Shaun Whright Phillips was city through and through and 2008, and the new found wealth in Manchester, saw him return home. Signing for City, a second time for around £8million (not a bad bit of business there). City fans were joyous the little man had returned, and he picked up where he left off, as if Chelsea had never happened, grabbing a brace away to Sunderland on his second début. His first season was again, a great success for the blues under Mark Hughes. But now, with City challenging for greater things... 

Shauny Wright was back, but has he ever really been back..for good? Shaun never really set the world alight the second time round in Manchester, and transfer deadline day saw him seal a move to newly promoted QPR. Shauny made it clear he never wanted to leave, that was made sure of in the interview he had just minutes after signing, he was bursting with enthuisasm put it that way. 

As for me, I would have loved to see Mancini give him another chance. His performances in pre-season proved he wasn't afraid to stay and fight for his place, in my opinion, Shaun Wright Phillips at his best is among the top 5 wide players in the league, his passion and love for the club is obvious. And I don't think there's a blue in the country who would have turned him away from spending the rest of his career here. 

All the best at QPR Shauny, and if his debut is anything to go by, the best of Shaun Wright-Phillips may just be on the horizon again. And I for one can't wait for that.

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